The Daily Grind: Did you take advantage of any Black Friday sales in MMOs this weekend?

I did a ton of shopping – all online, mind you, as I’m not so far gone as to actually put on pants or leave the house on Black Friday – this past weekend, and quite a bit of it was gaming-related. I dropped money for games for my dad, my husband, and my kid (he’s getting Path of Fire, but he’s too young to read MOP yet, so he won’t be spoilered!). I bought a pile of new Android games and a few little bits off my wish list on Steam too.

What I didn’t do this year was spend anything in an MMO cash shop. It’s not that I am against it; I have a stack of gemmies sitting in Guild Wars 2 waiting for something to grab me. I just keep finding that my MMORPGs that they aren’t offering things that are enticing to me. I won’t buy lockboxes, and I’m not dropping the price of a full-scale AAA video game for a mount because that’s ridiculous. And there’s almost nothing “early access” I’d actually play for free, let alone pay money for. But here I am with money willing to buy the right shinies, and the studios are acting like it’s lockboxes or bust (or buttcapes or bust?) instead of selling me those shinies. It’s frustrating, but I guess my wallet stays that much fatter.

Did you take advantage of any Black Friday sales in MMOs this weekend, or do you find yourself in my same predicament? And if the latter, what did ya get?

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Slaasher

Yup ESO Morrowind. It was a great deal

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Raimo Kangasniemi

No.

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Hirku

WoW Legion at half off. Who knows when I’ll actually get to that content, but I at least got some immediate benefit when I played a “trial 100” character for part of the intro and unlocked a swift gryphon mount for my trouble.

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Zora

Sure did, for lotta games… power bills online, telecom bill online, waste disposal bill online, insurance bill online and taxes online which is my faaaaavourite by far!

I’m so gorged with gaming content that if I see the postman land another bill in my mailbox they will need to hire a replacement /growl

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zeko_rena

I did not, alas because I took advantage of the PC hardware sales and now have a 1600x with a ASUS Crosshair VI Hero and a Samsung 960 EVO 250G M.2 hehe.

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Jon Sleeper

I did in STO. There were a few ships I wanted and with the combined bonus Zen and 25% off, I got them pretty cheap.

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Sorenthaz

Not yet. Still debating if I want to get 8k Gems in Smite or not, been farming up trading cards and selling them to try and cushion the cost since money’s a wee bit tight for the moment.

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NeoWolf

I got the legion expansion nice and cheap from Blizzard, picked up a couple of steam titles on sale too that I had on my wishlist. Beyond that not really..xmas coming up too much money to spend on other things.. :(

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Arktouros

Yeap, got a few items I wanted in BDO.

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A Dad Supreme

MMOs? No.

There’s nothing new of quality out and I’ve played all the ones I’m interested in already.

Did buy receive Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted 4 for $20 each on sale though. So far, Horizon Dawn is well worth the money and far better than putting $20 back into an old MMO for nothing new.

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Toy Clown

Thankfully playing FFXIV doesn’t drain my bank account like the game (BDO) I was playing at this time last year did. A large part of the appeal of FFXIV is that it doesn’t cost anywhere as much as “free” games do. So no, I didn’t open my bank account to gaming this holiday season, and that felt so good!

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Modrain

No, I usually only buy games or game content when I have the time to play. It might be cheaper, but if I don’t ever play it, it’s pretty much pointless and money thrown out the window.

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Armsbend

I bought the steam controller and link but outside of that I’m not spending money on any MMOs without a subscription that goes towards development of things that aren’t cash shops. The next time I consider spending any money on an MMO that isn’t WoW will be Sea of Thieves.

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Castagere Shaikura

I wasn’t going to but i went on steam and saw a Rift sale The Ascended pack. All souls in the game with some other goodies for 20 bucks. I had only the basic souls in that game. Been having a blast coming up with some crazy builds.

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Mark

No, we played some mmos over the break, but otherwise I just got copies of Sims 4 for my wife and I.

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plasmajohn

Sorta I think? I picked up GW2’s LS2 DLC. It’s currently on sale but I think that’s just coincidental. None of their Black Friday offerings were all that interesting (other than the free ones!).

Things I would have bought on sale: Character Slots, Bag Slots, and Bank Expansion. They did have a materials storage expander but I don’t really need that (yet?). Not a fan of the flaming or crystal wings. And I gave a pass on the skins.

For a game whose unofficial endgame is Fashion Wars they certainly screwed that up. I’m not about to spend a cash shop currency (transmutation tokens) to change things up particularly when I’m replacing gear so often when I’m levelling.

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Utakata

Was planning to pick up Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni), Vol 3 on Friday, the store I go forgot to order it when it was released…

“This is about MMO related sales, Uta.”

…Oh. No, I didn’t. /double :( :(

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Phubarrh

Picked up WoW Legion at half price…really, I’m more excited by the full-game level scaling promised for the next expansion, but it will be a few years before there’s a deal on that. Not sure when I will get around to actually playing, as I popped in long enough to see that the game systems look to have been overhauled from top to bottom since I was last there, and I do have three subs running concurrently on LOTRO, ESO and FFXIV. Let’s call it a vote of confidence for the vanilla gambit.

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Hirku

Good news, the level scaling isn’t for the next expansion but for the next game update, 7.3.5

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Phubarrh

I’ll be there!!!

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squidgod2000

I considered ESO: Morrowind, but I’m not too big on ESO and have other unfinished DLC I could play.

Also clicked around looking for a new game to try, but couldn’t find anything that sparked my interest. There’s a new UO PRS that uses the same code base as the last one I played/loved, but they’re not using the Britannia map, so fuck that.

Considering Legends of Aria, but I think I’ll wait for official servers.

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Boom

Not yet but tempted by Citadel Forges With Fire, however the “not another ea sandbox” part of me is staying my hand.

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Schmidt.Capela

What I will never purchase in a MMO:

– Lockboxes of any kind, or anything else where the contents are random.
– Consumables of any kind. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cosmetic, mount, P2W, or just a for-fun item; if it isn’t permanent, I’m not purchasing.
– Character-bound items. If it’s not account-wide, forget it.
– Power in any shape or way. If opening my wallet makes me more powerful than someone that doesn’t do that, not only I won’t be purchasing that item, there’s a good chance I will leave the game instead.
– Advancement speed advantages in any shape or way, including things like XP or drop rate boosts. If playing the game without those is too grindy I won’t pay to change that, I will leave the game instead. Plus, I tend to prefer the leveling game over the end game anyway, so I don’t want it to end any sooner.
– Anything that costs more than I’m willing to pay. $10 for a cosmetic item is at the upper boundary of what I might pay, and even then it needs to be one heck of a cosmetic item for me to accept paying that much.
– Packages that include any of the above, unless what is left after removing all offending items is still worth the price of the package. Which means I tend to avoid any package that includes things like boosters.

End result, no, I didn’t spend any money with MMOs this Black Friday. Few of them have anything in their cash stores that I might consider purchasing, and for those that do I typically have already purchased everything that might interest me, leaving me without any further MMO content I’m willing to pay for.

I did add over a dozen games to my Steam library, though, as well as getting all the DLC for a few I had gotten just the base game in a bundle :-p

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Pandalulz

No MMO stuff. Debated on Morrowind or the FFXIV complete collection on PS4 just for completeness sake but decided to ignore it. Between Bestbuy and Gamestop, I bought four PS4 single-player games for $20 apiece to add to my wall of backlog shame.

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Chris Walker

Bought ESO: Morrowind at 50% off. Looking forward to playing it over my holiday break from work.

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Suikoden

Bought a FreeForm character slot in Champions during the Black Friday Sale.

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CapnLan

Picked up a bunch of the Midnight/Black Friday paints over in Elite Dangerous. Been waiting around 9 months for those to pop up. Finally have my corvette and cutter in that sweet, sweet Midnight. Grabbed the Python, Asp, SRV and Courier as well. I don’t use the Courier much but it looked too damn good to pass up.

Also picked up some stuff in Warframe but I used play I already had on me at the time so not sure if that counts as I didn’t bust out the wallet. Got tired of farming Equinox so I picked her up for 25% off. I have an Eidolon Zenurik lens I’ll use on her and maybe mess around with the Focus system a bit more even though it’s bad.

That’s it for the in game stuff. After that I got Destiny 2 and a bunch of cheap Steam games. I’m saving the bulk of my money this year for a new PC. Tried to install some new RAM into my old system to stretch it a bit more but the mobo is too old and doesn’t take DDR4. Oops.

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Ryuen

Nope, the only sale I took advantage of was Rise of the Tomb Raider on Steam as I’d been waiting for a good discount on that one for a while now
I also got Mordor for points in the LoTRO shop but that wasn’t on sale.

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MesaSage

I’m hoping that if I ignore “Black Friday” long enough it will go away.

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rafael12104

Heh. I could of, yeah, tempted but… no. There is really no need. I have other needs, food, water, shelter, and I’m not talking about in an MMO. LOL.

The truth is, that I’m the only gamer in my family. The black sheep, dark jedi, orc if you will. So for my family, this doesn’t apply. For friends online? We have a standing deal when it comes to gift giving, don’t get me anything and I won’t get you anything. LOL! It sounds cold, but it works well and takes the pressure off.

Later, I’ll treat myself to a little something game-wise. I find this best. Because, my family, they love me, but when they try to buy me some video game or video game stuff, it is something I already have OR don’t really want. So, it’s ok. I ask for gift cards!

Oh, this year? I’m hoping they do buy me BF2 as I’m a huge SW fan. What? Yes, because I would love nothing better than to return that baby the next day for a full refund!

That would be a great gift, indeed!!!

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camren_rooke

I bought old school Morrowind on Steam but it has not held up well.

Curse you Nostalgia!

Also got Tales from the Borderlands to try out.

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Phubarrh

Install Morrowind Overhaul, and your nostalgia may be a little happier!

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camren_rooke

I shall look it up.

Thanks for the tip!

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Shaun Shaungbr
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camren_rooke

Oh that is sexy pretty. Thanks for the link.

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s still not a modern game. In particular I hate how nearly every NPC has the same encyclopedic dialog tree, with the exact same dialog choices — down to the exact same wording choices that feel out of character for most of them — and no way to tell apart the generic ones from the ones that actually matter. But yeah, it makes Morrowind far more enjoyable. I have it currently installed, even, and from time to time I jump back into that game.

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Schmidt.Capela

That one is too intrusive. What I would want is something to just remove the generic encyclopedic entries from everyone except a few NPCs that would make sense as a source of in-game lore, like bards.

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camren_rooke

I have seriously

“Have you tried mercenary work? It might suit you.”

thought about

“I spend a lot of time at the market stalls so I can learn the merchant’s trade.”

modding

“Let me guess. Someone stole your sweetroll.”
“Another wanderer here to lick my father’s boots. Good job.”

the

“Do you get to the Cloud district very often? Oh, what am I saying, of course you don’t.”
“I work for Belethor at the general goods store.”

NPCS for

“OLFRID! Patron of the great clan Battle Born!”
“Come to chat with an old woman. hmmm? Do your good deed for the day?”
“Looking for my husband Nazeem? Check the Jarl’s backside.”

Skyrim

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“What is it? Dragons?”

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deekay_plus

the only thing i bought that was on sale this week was gta5 for coyote. tho i did buy a few xmas gifts for friends and fam this week.

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Indigo Salma

Nope , not even on any games in general. I’m massivley burned out by everything right now. Just reading gaming news for the passed 2 weeks , youtube videos and movies , no games =\ .

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Denice J. Cook

Yep, I did most of my Christmas shopping on Bestbuy.com (which had about the best gaming deals around) and Steam, both for my family/friends and myself!

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Minimalistway

I didn’t buy anything … every year this happen because i forgot there is something called Black Friday, so every year i say “next year” and i never do it.

So hopefully next year is the one?! as for MMOs … i don’t like cash shops, prefer subscribtion, but Trove will be the one free-to-play game where i want to play it seriously and there is no harm spending 20-30 in the shop once a year.

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Dantos

I went ahead and got morrowind on sale, mainly because a bunch of people in the gaming community im in started playing, and happened to join the eso guild I used to be in. Not regretting it so far, still have the latest 2 new dlcs to get, but since I never actually did any of the old dlcs, and havent gotten a character to 50 yet. I feel I have more than enough to do before I need to spend money on those.

I also get a mount and a cute lil robo basilisk pet as part of the weekend’s login deal, so i think I made out well.

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Rheem Octuris

I spent way too much money justifying it as either an xmas present or “I want it, and its on sale”

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BalsBigBrother

Nope non at all I stayed well away from Steam, GoG etc over the sale period as my wallet is weeping enough as it is already. To be honest though I pretty much already have everything I was after gaming wise this year and have more than enough games on my hard disk to see me well into the new year.

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CMDR Crow

I got myself two Midnight Black paintjobs in Elite, and I’m eyeing a third. Oh, and I pulled the trigger on the cheap-as-hell Steam Link.

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